Charged with Deception to Obtain Drugs in Columbus?
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Deception to Obtain a Dangerous Drug is an offense related to having blank prescription pads that can be used to obtain pharmaceuticals illegally, or having used a false prescription to obtain such drugs. When the drugs themselves are found in possession, the penalties increase, based on the amount of the prescription medication found. These are all felony offenses, and if you are convicted you will be facing jail or prison time no matter how small the amount of drug or how minor the attempt.
Many times, our lawyers can have this case placed into a Diversion Program or Intervention in Lieu of Conviction. Both of these are deferred prosecution agreements and, if successfully completed, may result in the dismissal of the case and no criminal record. To learn more about this option, click Intervention in Lieu of Conviction
CASE EXAMPLE: Mr. Koffel negotiated a deferred prosecution agreement (Diversion) for his client who was being investigated for 8 counts of deception to obtain Vicodin, a schedule II opiate.
CASE EXAMPLE: Attorney Fran Tosi Ward agreed to represent a woman who was accused of picking up Vicodin prescriptions that were not for her and giving them to her employer, a dentist. Attorney Ward and the detective agreed that no charges would be filed against the former employee provided she agreed to testify against her former employer.
CASE EXAMPLE: 56 year old woman indicted on 25 counts of Felony 2 Deception to Obtain a Dangerous Drug. Mr. Koffel worked with the prosecutor to have her indictment amended to permit her to enter into Intervention in Lieu of Conviction. After 1 year of treatment and clean urine samples, the 25 count indictment will be dismissed.
CASE EXAMPLE: We recently settled a case involving a nurse who was facing over 30 felony counts of theft of drugs from the hospital in which she worked. She was facing prison time. Through pre-indictment negotiations, we were able to have her case settled pre-indictment by pleading guilty to just 4 counts. She paid a $250 fine and was placed on 2 years of probation which includes 120 hours of community service and 30 days in county jail.
For example, should you be found to be in possession of drugs that were obtained through false prescription, such as Vicodin, Percodan, Steroids or other dangerous drugs, you will face a 5th degree felony, which has the penalty of up to 12 months in jail or prison.
If you have a prior drug conviction on your record, the charge is immediately increased to a 4th degree felony, with a penalty of up to 18 months in state prison. It is crucial that you contact a Columbus deception to obtain drugs defense attorney at once if you have been arrested for this offense.
In an effort to reduce the amount of illegal prescription use in Ohio, state lawmakers have increased the penalties for any type of involvement in illegal prescriptions, and any person found to have been using prescription drugs illegally, possessing such drugs illegally, or having in their possession a method for obtaining the drug is going to be dealing with a tough prosecutor in criminal court.
As this is a felony offense in the state, and great efforts are currently being made to reduce this problem in the Columbus area, it is likely that the prosecutor on your case will be one of the more capable in the group. It becomes vital that you have an equally powerful drug crime lawyer fighting on your behalf. As your professional life can essentially be destroyed if convicted of this crime, the legal team at The Koffel Law Firm must act fast. Contact the firm at once if you have been arrested for this charge, so that the defense strategy can be determined and action can be taken on your behalf.
Contact a Columbus criminal defense attorney from The Koffel Law Firm today.